Protecting the 20s - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: Protecting the 20s

August 28, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

Is there anything worse than curbing a gleaming new wheel? In the grand scheme of things, yes, there are many. But confine the circumstances to driving and parking a valuable sports car and the wheel damage issue is always there.

As you can see, it's not an issue with our 2013 Porsche 911. Despite the big 20-inch wheels and 30/35 series tires, it would be pretty hard to curb these wheels thanks to the shape of the sidewall. It sticks out far enough to protect even the most ham-fisted parking maneuvers and does so without looking the slightest bit awkward from afar. I always adjust my mirrors so I can see the rear wheels when I park on the curb to avoid any nicks, but it's nice to know there's some room for error.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 16,100 miles


Comments

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Very cool idea, especially when the cost of wheels is considered. Certainly more stylish than curb feelers. 911 + curb feelers = fail.

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    these stuff has been around for years and years even on cheap tires like Falken and Nexxans. from what i've seen they dont help much you still see cars with beat up wheels that had curb protectors on the tires. although you never will see what it may have protected from i havent notice a trend in wheels looking better over time compared to wheels that diddint have them. but most tires have these now so its moot.

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    Adjusting the mirrors may help when backing up but you can still curb the front wheels when moving forward.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    The rim protector strip definitely helps, but there is no substitute for knowing where on the road those four contact patches are at all times (novel concept anymore...).

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @fordson1: Knowing your vehicle is one thing, but the editors and writers here jump from one vehicle to another in very short periods of time. That would make it a little tougher, I think. Or, they may just be bad parkers, I don't know.

  • i think that being a professional tester/driver/editor where your job is driving cars should make you more aware of your surroundings. And, ya know, pay more attention to curbs and the such.

  • mcesarey_ mcesarey_ Posts:

    I have Pirellis with the same sidewall protector and still curbed the crap out of one my wheels. It's too long of a story, but it happens to the best of us.

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